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Atlanta police are cracking down on scooters after at least one death and hundreds of injuries. It's illegal to ride them on sidewalks or to violate other traffic laws while riding.

The focus might be shifting to electric powered two-wheelers, but collisions involving traditional bikes, cars and pedestrians are on the rise across the U.S. and in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commision reports a 53% jump in such accidents between 2006 and 2015. The number of related serious injuries or fatalities went up by 26% in that time.

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Collisions that involve cars, pedestrians and bicycles are on the rise across the U.S., including in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commission reported a 53 percent jump in such collisions in metro Atlanta between 2006 and 2015. The number of serious injuries or fatalities from these collisions over that time went up by 26 percent.


Thomas Wheatley is articles editor for Atlanta Magazine and recently wrote an article covering the issue of rising bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in Atlanta. He joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the causes of increased collisions — and efforts to reduce them.



Courtesy Anya Silver

Anya Silver did not flinch from talking about death.

Death enraged her, moved her to compassion and incited her to worry for her son, all of which she wrote about in her poetry published in four books and dozens of journals, but she was never afraid of talking about it. In fact, as a poet Silver thought it was her job to see that her reader confront death as she had.